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Hartford Public Library Scrapbook Collection

Identifier: MS -HPL -Scrapbooks

Scope and Content

Scrapbooks contain newspaper and magazine clippings, printed ephemera such as theater programs and tickets, and some photographs. Subjects represented included a wide variety of topics related to Hartford and its history. A group of nine scrapbooks compiled by Walter S. Garde include material relating to the Garde Theater from 1901-1937; two additional scrapbooks include programs from the Capitol Theater. A group of four scrapbooks are related to Bushnell Park. Four scrapbooks compiled by the Hartford Fire Department in the 1970s are primarily related to fire prevention. Three volumes relate to the Connecticut Charter Revision in 1945-1947 and one scrapbook was compiled by John L. Bonee for the Capitol Region Planning Agency between 1966 and 1970. Eighteen volumes are entirely comprised of newspaper clippings. For additional details, see the subject headings listed below.


  • Majority of material found within 1850 - 1998

Access Restrictions

The records are stored in a restricted area and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

Use Restrictions

See Hartford History Center’s Collection Use policy. Permission to publish from the Hartford Public Library Scrapbook Collection must be obtained in writing from the Executive Director of the Hartford History Center, and a copy of the published work may be requested by the Hartford History Center. The Hartford History Center reserves the right to refuse permission to publish, etc. to those who have not complied with its policies. Use of the collections will normally not be permitted for the purpose of promotion of commercial products and services or political campaigns. Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library reserves the right to limit the number of photographic prints/captures and to restrict the use or reproduction of rare, fragile, or valuable objects. Some scrapbooks are in poor condition and will require special handling.

Historical Note

The Hartford History Center’s collection of scrapbooks was compiled by different individuals and organizations for a variety of purposes. Most scrapbooks contain newspaper and magazine clippings from local papers and reflect the interests of the compilers.


40 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Scrapbooks containing newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, and printed ephemera relating to Hartford history.


The scrapbooks are arranged in alphabetical order by topic. The Hartford Times scrapbooks are arranged by volume number, as several of them contain an assortment of topics.

Physical Location

HHC Closed Stacks, Range 13

Processing Details

Collection was processed by Donald C. Eiler and Nancy Finlay in 2018.

EAD Finding Aid created by Kathy Foulke in January 2019.

Converted for ArchivesSpace by Jennifer Sharp in June 2020.

Hartford Public Library Scrapbook Collection
A Guide to the collection at the Hartford History Center
December 2018
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Hartford History Center Repository

Hartford History Center
Hartford Public Library
500 Main St
Hartford CT 06103 USA